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Topic Title: Literary Characters with Scars
Created On: 07/31/2009 11:06 AM
 05/31/2012 11:22 AM

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You make an excellent point. I love to periodically read children's stories. Maybe I will write one? If I do, I will create the main character with a visible scar. I have had an obvious scar on my chest since I was ten, so I know the feelings, emotions, thoughts, and fears that accompany this type of mark. Nonetheless, this individual will be good; I dislike when scarred people are depicted as not-so-good. Actually, if the story ever comes to fruition, the scar will be used as a type of learning tool. [br][br]Any thoughts on the setting?
 03/27/2012 06:29 PM

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I think the media is mixed in its portrayal of scars. For example, television scripts sometimes depict villians with scars, especially the facial variety. It is almost as if the message is saying, "Bad guys are reckless, and their careless behavior leaves them open to visible marks." On the other hand, books periodically depict scarred individuals as the brave, resilient type. Naturally, I am stereotyping at some level, but I think the written word is kinder than the visual media when it comes to character flaws and scars.[br][br]Your thoughts on this subject?
 07/31/2009 11:06 AM

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I came across this article in The Guardian which lists the top 10 literary characters with scars. I found this article interesting because it features mostly heroes (rather than villains) with scars and even gives the author’s description of each character’s scar. I think media portrayals of scars are complex because scars can symbolize either good or evil. Good characters can have scars that act as a metaphor for healing or battle wounds that mark them as cool tough guys. Bad guys can also have scars that are meant to show their inner evil through their outward appearance. What do you guys think of the way books, TV, and movies show characters with scars? How does this portrayal compare to real life attitudes toward scars?  


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